Suggested resources

The following resources include books, websites, activities and guides to further learning about residential schools and their legacy in Canada.


Shi-shi-etko. (2009).
Four days before having to leave her family and home for residential school, Shi-Shi-Etko learns how important it is to hold on to her memories. This adaptation of the book by Nicola Campbell is available via BravoFacts online.
Historica Canada. (2020). Residential schools in Canada: A timeline.
The history of residential schools in Canada can be traced as far back as the 17th century. This video covers history from the landing of Jesuits in what is now known as Quebec, to the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report in 2015.


Loyie, L., Spear, W., & Brissenden, C. (2014). Residential Schools: With the words and images of Survivors. Brantford, Ontario: Indigenous Education Press. Second printing: 2016

Written together with Wayne Spear and Constance Brissenden, the book was researched and written over the span of almost two decades. It includes first-person interviews (including that of Larry Loyie) and archival photographs of the schools, the Survivors, and their lives.

Sterling, S. (1992). My name is Seepeetza. Groundwood Books.

At six years old, Seepeetza is taken from her happy family life on Joyaska Ranch to live as a boarder at the Kalamak Indian Residential School. Life at the school is not easy, but Seepeetza still manages to find some bright spots. This book offers a look at life in an Indian residential school in the 1950s.



Unreserved with Roseanna Deerchild.

This CBC podcast series covers a range of topics including the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada.

Historica Canada Residential Schools podcast series

Residential Schools is a three-part podcast series created by Historica Canada and hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, that discusses the history and legacy of residential schools, with input from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their families, and communities. 


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

First Nations Caring Society. (2019). 7 ways to make a difference.